For the first time ever, VH1 Classic will air the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony LIVE on Monday, March 12 at 8:30 PM/ET. Music fans will get to see and hear Van Halen, R.E.M., Patti Smith, The Ronettes, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five get inducted into this esteemed musical institution as the action and music unfolds.
For the first time, this year's induction ceremony will be telecast live from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on VH1 Classic and MHD: MTV Networks' high-definition music channel on Monday, March 12 at 8:30 PM/ET. In addition, a special two-hour highlight edition will premiere on VH1 on Saturday, March 17 at 9:00 PM/ET.
The week leading up to the live special, VH1 Classic will air special programming to salute previous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees including Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder, U2, Bonnie Raitt and more.
On Tuesday, March 6 beginning at 8:00 PM/ET VH1 Classic will air a "Classic Albums" marathon focusing on the work of former Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees including Fleetwood Mac, Queen, The Who, Stevie Wonder, U2, the Sex Pistols and Pink Floyd. Each "Classic Albums" episode tells the story behind the making of one of rock music's most seminal albums.
VH1 Classic will also present a special BBC Crown Jewels marathon premiering on Thursday, March 8 at 8:00 PM/ET. These rare performances from the BBC archives feature past Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees such as AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder, The Police, Rod Stewart and Bonnie Raitt.
Select "Decades Rock Live" concerts featuring performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elvis Costello and The Pretenders will air back-to-back on Saturday, March 10 beginning at 1:00 PM/ET. "Decades Rock Live" is a critically-acclaimed original concert series that pairs celebrated artists from rock to soul who have influenced popular music over the last 50 years with some of today's hottest recording acts who have been inspired by these legends.
Additional Rock Hall-themed programming to run throughout the week includes Prince: Prince of Paisley Park airing on Sunday, March 11 at 5:00 PM/ET and the Rock and Roll Picture Show featuring Led Zeppelin's "The Song Remains The Same" premiering on Monday, March 12 at 6:00 PM/ET.